We travelled around Ireland for 2 weeks in May 2012. The entire country is gorgeous, friendly, easy to tour by car and so worth seeing. The Irish are so warm and friendly especially to Americans. We stayed in many wonderful hotels and B & B's but I must say our favorite was Bantry House. It is located along the southern coast in Bantry Bay and is a good location to use as a base for The Beara Peninsula (Do not miss- better and less crowded than the Ring of Kerry) and many of the other charming towns along the southern coast.
The Bantry House is a stately historic home that has been in the same family since the 1700's. It is now run by the owners daughters and son in law. They are an absolutely delightful family, so warm and friendly. They make all the difference because they are helpful, kind and seem to be unaffected by the incredible surroundings they have grown up in. The gardens alone are worth the visit to Bantry. But staying there makes a guest feel so very special as you are one of only a few guests staying in the home at night and you have the place to yourself so you really feel like you are living in a dream. Its like a mini version of Highclere Castle (Downtown Abbey). The rooms are lovely, enormous, have modern baths and have gorgeous views of the bay or the gardens, (we had both-just awesome). At night you have full and private use of the library and a drawing room with a roaring fire, and an honor bar. The antiques in this room will cause jaw drop. The breakfast is fantastic with a buffet of everything you could want and in addition they offer a hot dish. The breakfast room is charming and luxurious too. They do not serve dinner but there were several excellent restaurants in town which was a very easy and pretty walk from Bantry House.
All in all this was one of the great experiences of our trip to Ireland and one we will never forget. We felt it was also an amazing value for the type of property this is. Elsewhere the price would be double what we paid. We loved that there were only a handful of rooms so it was not crowded with tourists. Highly recommended to anyone with discriminating taste.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The bed and breakfast at Bantry House has 6 rooms and is located in the main house just off the library in the east wing. We offer 4 double rooms and 2 twin rooms all ensuite, non-smoking and with beautiful views of the garden. Two of our double rooms also look out over Bantry Bay. Breakfast is served on the ground floor offering a buffet selection of fruits, local cheeses and cured meats and cereal and cooked to order breakfast from the kitchen. Guests have exclusive use of a billiard room and can pour themselves a drink from the honesty bar and relax with a book in the library beside the fire. Guests can also visit the other main rooms of the house and the formal garden. A guided tour with Sophie Shelswell-White the General Manager and daughter of the owner can be arranged in advance by request. Guests can also book afternoon tea served in the library or outside in the garden. There is also a small day time room service menu available and drinks and treats on arrival can be arranged. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bantry House Bed And Breakfast
- Bantry House Hotel Bantry